4:15pm Friday afternoon, March 18, 2011:
It has been raining hard and steady for hours now in Folsom.
If mud (usually from a hill or slope) runs into your pool, shut off the pump immediately. Trying to filter out mud will ruin the filters elements (and when the filter is plugged the shaft seal in the pump will fail and the bearings in the motor will soon fail). Most filters cannot handle the dirt load. Your only option will be to drain the pool or hire a pool service with a portable pump to vacuum out the mud.
I’ve seen this happen many, many times. If heavy mud gets into the pool it will need to be pumped out. Don’t waste money by ruining your filters in the process.
Mike the Poolman
Pool Service & Repair in Folsom, CA since 1995